Fire Services

Wong Tai Sin fire blazes for seven hours, 700 evacuated

The fire at Tai Shing Street Market in Wong Tai Sin continued for hours and many elderly residents had to be evacuated. Photos: SMP

A fire which broke out early yesterday at a market in Wong Tai Sin blazed for seven hours and forced the evacuation of about 700 people. Eight people aged between 13 and 85 suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 6:28am

It is difficult to know where you draw the line with new public holidays

I refer to the articles and letters in these columns which have discussed whether the last day of Ramadan should be declared a public holiday in Hong Kong.

Well, should it be? And if it is, who will be next, and who next after that?

With a little collective effort we could probably come up with a valid reason for a public holiday on most days of the year.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Woman found collapsed in flat with dead son

Firefighters who broke into a flat in To Kwa Wan yesterday found the body of a 49-year-old man in a bedroom and his 82-year-old mother collapsed in the living room. She was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was in stable condition. Neighbours had complained of a bad odour to the building security guard, who called the fire services.

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Relative of fire services chief hit by train

The 80-year-old father-in-law of fire services chief Joe Kwok Jing-keung was fighting for his life last night after being knocked down by a Light Rail Transit train in Tuen Mun.

Wong Shing-cho was using a pedestrian crossing near Melody Garden station when a train on Route 610 running along Wu Chui Road towards the Tuen Mun Ferry Pier terminus knocked him down at 9.20am.

16 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Fire Services should help us unlock a key economic resource

The moving of many industries across the border in the past few decades has left nearly 70 per cent of Hong Kong's old industrial buildings either empty or only partly used as godowns.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

City Briefs

Coal fumes kill two

A man and woman who gassed themselves with charcoal fumes were found dead in a residential unit in Tsuen Wan. Residents who smelled the fumes called fire services and police officers to the Tak Wah Street unit at about 4.30pm.

31 May 2006 - 12:00am

Top brass inspire fire services

The presence of some extra stripes and shinier buttons inspired bottom team Fire Services to one of their best results of the season, as they fought back to draw 1-1 with South China at Mongkok Stadium yesterday.

6 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Airport doctors

I refer to the letter headlined 'Airport ambulances' (January 29) in which Mak Kwai-pui for the director of fire services advises that ambulance crews at Hong Kong International Airport are qualified paramedics. However he did not respond to my inquiry about their mode of operation.

16 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Burning of 'hell banknotes' cannot be tolerated

Fire is a killer in Hong Kong. Every day, it seems, we see pictures of firefighters carrying bodies out of charred buildings.

My wife and I are particularly concerned, since we live on the 32nd floor and escaping a fire could be difficult.

14 Dec 1998 - 12:00am


I refer to the letter headlined, 'Rubbish' from L. S. Johnstone (Sunday Morning Post, May 4) in respect of rubbish left behind following a 'fun run' on The Peak.

11 May 1997 - 12:00am

Arson attack

The entrance of a Japanese restaurant in Sung Kit Street, Hunghom, was damaged after a man threw a Molotov cocktail. A blaze was extinguished by a restaurant employee before police and fire services arrived.

31 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Hole ordeal

AN elderly woman was trapped down a two-metre deep hole on a Sha Tin hillside for about 30 minutes yesterday. The 88-year-old woman was walking with a friend down a slope near Pai Tau Street at about 7.30 am when she fell into the hole. Fire services later freed her.

31 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Indifference of park wardens

WITH the alarming news of all the hill fires in the territory last weekend has come some reassurance that the fire services are taking special measures to douse them. What seems to be missing is measures to prevent them.

5 Nov 1993 - 12:00am